I've been doing more stitching with the Aurifil 12 weight thread and am really excited with the results. I've long been an admirer of Red Work, but uncooperative fingers don't allow me to do much hand embroidering. Doing it free motion is incredibly quick and easy, and very satisfying. Red Work is so feminine, you can't help but love the delicate look. I decided to stitch out a Christmas wreath I had designed a few years ago. For the first run through, I only did the centre section, thinking it will make a sweet cushion. A little red piping on the edge will frame it nicely.
Since it turned out so well, I added some patchwork chequerboard, pieced with a solid red and white from Michael Miller's Cotton Couture line. The needle thread for the Red Work is Aurifil 12 weight and in the bobbin is Aurifil 50 weight, both in my favourite 2250 bright red. I traced the design with a red FriXXion pen (and hope that won't come back to haunt me...) Then I layered the top with wool batting, and a polka dot backing.
I timed the stitching of the centre heart: 3-1/2 minutes, which included a stop to take a couple of pictures.